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    Whoops!! I had not realized it had been so long since the last roll call until I replied to the one from 2 weeks ago! In that time, DD turned 23 and DS turns 22 today. Yup, those toddlers DO grow up to be adults!

    Daughter is still in Iowa City looking for work. Son just got offered a great software engineering job in Durham, N Carolina when he graduates in May. He'll accept, but he realized part-way through his major that CS is NOT what he wants to do for the rest of his life (even though he's apparently really good at it). So I see him returning to school after a few short years after saving up and doing something in history or archeology. We raise them to be life-long learners, don't we? I informed him that if he goes on archeological digs, he has to take me with!!

    I seem to be most of the way healed from my silly, clumsy fall on Labor Day. Lung is no longer collapsed, and rib only hurts a little bit. I'm back to swimming freestyle laps at the YMCA a couple days a week, and I just started running on Tuesday--5 miles--SLOWLY. I was more concerned about the collapsed lung, as I have a long flight coming up at the end of the month.

    Homeschool math classes are going well this year. I added statistics to the mix. I love that it's math with a more relevant reason for it's use. Let's be honest--how often do most people need to factor?? But everyone should be at least familiar enough with statistics to know when something isn't being represented correctly.

    Share what is new in your part of the world!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    You tease us with the “long flight”! Where are you going? Alaska? Japan? New Zealand? Sri Lanka? Chennai?

    Happy birthday to your younguns! I hope your DS will like his new job and living in NC, and that your DD gets everything sorted out. Maybe DS will be able to find a way to integrate what really interests him with the CS degree.

    Nothing much exciting is happening here - Im buying a couple dresses here and there to try finding what I like to wear with my new body shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    Whoops!! I had not realized it had been so long since the last roll call until I replied to the one from 2 weeks ago! In that time, DD turned 23 and DS turns 22 today. Yup, those toddlers DO grow up to be adults!
    All too quickly they do! Mine are a little younger than yours, my grown kids turned 21, 19 and 18 this year, but it seemed to go by in the blink of an eye!


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    I informed him that if he goes on archeological digs, he has to take me with!!
    If you really want to go on an archaeology dig together, you can find some that are open to the public and be a volunteer for the day. I looked in to this when second oldest ds was a pre-teen/teenager because is a history buff. We never made it to one sadly but they have dig sites all over the country that you can volunteer at.

    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    I seem to be most of the way healed from my silly, clumsy fall on Labor Day. Lung is no longer collapsed, and rib only hurts a little bit. I'm back to swimming freestyle laps at the YMCA a couple days a week, and I just started running on Tuesday--5 miles--SLOWLY. I was more concerned about the collapsed lung, as I have a long flight coming up at the end of the month.
    Glad you are feeling better and hope that trend continues so you don't have to miss your flight! Ds got the green light this past Monday to ditch the bandages on his feet. Amazingly, it looks like he will only have very minimal scarring! He was really apprehensive the first couple of days trying to walk with no bandages but he's doing really well now.

    We finally have a date for dh to have his brain shunt inserted! It will be a ventriculoperitoneal shunt with an adjustable valve which is a fancy way of saying the shunt will drain CSF from around his brain and redirect it to his abdomen and can't put magnets near his head lol. I really think this is going to be a huge quality of life improvement for dh but as much as he has wanted this surgery for almost a year now, he's understandably nervous about since we got a firm date on the surgery. Dh is a "big and tall" guy and standard size hospital gowns rarely fit him comfortably so I told him I would sew him a comfortable hospital gown to wear after his surgery in any print he wants. He chose Jack Skellington since it will be just before Halloween and Nightmare Before Christmas is one of his favorite movies lol.

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    Happy birthday to your kiddos! Good luck to your DD, and congratulations to your DS. Our neighbor's daughter managed to combined an engineering degree with an archeology degree (she has her PhD) and now travels the world doing the engineering for digs.

    Yay MHA - I'm glad DS is better and you have a surgery date for DH (that has been a long road for you all).

    We just got back from a vacation to the east coast and Canada. Had a lovely time, really enjoyed Boston and Halifax. We got back right before our holidays started so we are in the middle of that. They wrap up the end of October - so we are busy!

    I recently left a FB group for people homeschooling HS with the intent of sending their kids to college. It started out good, but quickly became a very intense (primarily, very high achievers) page, and I could not relate to most of the posts. I was put off by what came across as such a narrow definition of success. It was also a bit triggering for me, considering I was happy just being a staff nurse with no desire to direct anything or anyone (I guess I was a slacker - haha). Also, like what am I going to ask - 'my kid wants to be a cop . . . Harvard or Yale. . . opinions, I'm torn???'

    I like you guys better - thanks for keeping it real.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    Happy birthday to your kiddos! Good luck to your DD, and congratulations to your DS. Our neighbor's daughter managed to combined an engineering degree with an archeology degree (she has her PhD) and now travels the world doing the engineering for digs.

    I recently left a FB group for people homeschooling HS with the intent of sending their kids to college. It started out good, but quickly became a very intense (primarily, very high achievers) page, and I could not relate to most of the posts. I was put off by what came across as such a narrow definition of success. It was also a bit triggering for me, considering I was happy just being a staff nurse with no desire to direct anything or anyone (I guess I was a slacker - haha). Also, like what am I going to ask - 'my kid wants to be a cop . . . Harvard or Yale. . . opinions, I'm torn???'

    I like you guys better - thanks for keeping it real.
    My son has talked to an archeology prof he has about statistical modeling in archeology. Right now, it's not a "field" per se--most who do it are archeology PhD's who do it on the side, rather then a techie person who likes archeology (ie. my son). I suggested he work with the prof some more, see if there is some sort of future there. He may work as an archeology lab assistant next semester, just for fun. (On top of the part time techie position that will convert to full time in June.) Also turns out that his girlfriend will be moving with him to North Carolina. So many changes!!

    I've been part of a Yahoo group geared to college admissions for homeschoolers. I'd say about 80% if the conversation is about Ivy league schools, high achieving kids, etc. Once in a while someone actually says, "Hey, my kid is average. How can I help him?" which is very refreshing.

    You tease us with the “long flight”! Where are you going? Alaska? Japan? New Zealand? Sri Lanka? Chennai?
    LOL... New Zealand--I wish! No, DH and I are going to Portugal. We've watched way too many of the BBC "Escape to the Continent" shows and saw how lovely Portugal seems to be. Also, we are going slightly off-season, so it will be relatively inexpensive and quiet. We are doing Airbnb for most of it; we've found one can get a better feel for the country/people than staying in hotels. I'm also spending time figuring out their train system, as that's how we will mostly get around.

    Nothing much exciting is happening here - Im buying a couple dresses here and there to try finding what I like to wear with my new body shape.
    That IS exciting. How fun!!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I like the discussion about learning and changing fields. There are so many other things I would love to study and learn about. Philosophy, linguistics, social geography...I have encountered so many career/high flying focused females (often other parents) who totally think I have and am wasting my time because I chose to do a PhD and did not continue on in academia or that I am homeschooling. Mainly I did my PhD because I found it fun doing really in-depth learning on something for a while, I did not have any big career goals for it. And I learn a lot homeschooling about so many things, and my editing is great because I read in such a diverse range of fields. But apparently to them, that does not make me a worthwhile person. You can seem them practically cringe when they find out what I have done and do now.

    So many people have such a limited idea of what success is. I just want my kids to be happy and do find something (or many things) that they enjoy doing.

    MapleHill: So pleased to hear about your DS and your DH. Hope the surgery goes well and provides the hoped for relief. The hospital gown sounds great. I am sure the hospital staff will appreciate the humor.

    Alexsmom: Your weight loss sounds amazing. Well done. I hope you enjoy trying out new and different clothing.

    RTB: Your kids will thank you for keeping it real. DD11 has a girl in her ballet class that has a high achievement focused mother. This girl in the past has told us that she does not really like ballet and would rather be going to art class. But her mother did ballet. I have overheard the mother saying things like "don't complain about X (getting hair done etc.) or I will do to you what my mother did to me". So it seems to be a multigenerational thing within the family. This year, the girl has seemed unhappy and gone from being chatty and friendly to not talking to the others before and after class. She recently told my daughter that it was because her mother told her if she did not start trying harder at ballet, that she would stop paying for her to go to art class. This mother is also like this about school stuff, wanting her daughter to get into a limited entry school (which she did not) etc. It just makes me sad. Did all these parents that do this ever stop to ask their kids what they want to do?

    Inmom: It is actually cheaper to fly to NZ from the USA than it is to get to the USA from NZ. Like Chicago to Auckland they currently have for $1099 US per person return, but for the same period, the cheapest I can find for Auckland to Chicago is $1256 US. They are very big on enticing tourists to come here, so Air NZ often runs specials as well. I wish we could get out for a holiday lol! But with a family of four, it is pretty prohibitive in cost. Portugal sounds fun though!

    What have we been up to? We went on a dusk/night walk at the local ecosanctuary. We were out in a group of 13 + 2 guides for about 2 hours. Heard lots of birds, saw some cool insects, a frog, and an eel. DD6 was particularly taken with the eel; she was very beautiful. When we got home, DD6 burst into tears because she had been thinking about a comment that the guide made that these eels were not protected and many got shipped overseas live by commercial fisheries for people in other countries to eat. She was so sad to think that this eel may one day be caught and the pond in the ecosanctuary would be empty. The eel is safe while there, but when it comes to a certain point in their life, they leave and swim to other areas in the Pacific Ocean to breed and then die. DD6 was worried about her getting caught on that journey or that none of her babies would find their way back to NZ to live in the same pond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    So many people have such a limited idea of what success is. I just want my kids to be happy and do find something (or many things) that they enjoy doing.
    ^^THIS!!!!!

    I never tried to push my kids into any particular track or profession. Most of the joy of raising my kids is getting to find out who they are and what makes them tick! My oldest has wanted to join the military since he was a preschooler. Guess what he is doing now and quite happy to boot? He was never an academic type. College would have made him miserable if I would have tried to force him there. He's happy and self sufficient at 21 and I couldn't be happier for him! My 18yo daughter is working full time in a daycare, which she absolutely loves, and taking college classes part time still trying to decide exactly what she wants to do. She wanted to get into a very selective radiology program when she graduated high school but she didn't make it in this semester so now she's trying to see if there are other things she could be successful at and maybe she will try again for the radiology program once she has a few semesters of college under her belt. But for now, she's happy and doing something she loves! She is successful in my book!

    I have never understood trying to shoe horn children into a narrow idea of what creates success. What is the use of being a doctor, or anything else, if you hate what you do?

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    How is everyone? I am having anxiety about next year and how this year has gone. I feel I need to get organized and I am in a "if I buy all the curricula it will improve my life" spin but I know it won't.

    DD11 will be in her first year of intermediate in the NZ system (the 2 years before high school). DD6 may be homeschooling again. So we had got sorted and relatively comfortable in our homeschooling (NZ years 3–6) but next year will be all new and different (a year 7 and a year 2) and it is making me anxious that if I don't buy the right things that I will make a mess of it.

    It does not help that NZ is introducing a new rule that goods and services tax of 12.5% will be charged on all low value imports (previously they were exempt if they were under a certain value). So on top of the cost of shipping curricula here from the US, this is going to add up. The new rule starts on Dec 1, which makes me feel like I have to buy stuff now.

    Anyway, I have ordered some of the Draw Your World (Draw Write Now) books as DD6 loves drawing and it will be a good way to incorporate writing. She also said she wants to study animals and do an around the world for social studies, so I got three of the books about animals in different countries.

    For DD11 I want to decide on and order her math. I would also like to get her something for grammar, maybe Editor in Chief.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    When does the local school year end for you NZ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    DD11 will be in her first year of intermediate in the NZ system (the 2 years before high school). DD6 may be homeschooling again. So we had got sorted and relatively comfortable in our homeschooling (NZ years 3–6) but next year will be all new and different (a year 7 and a year 2) and it is making me anxious that if I don't buy the right things that I will make a mess of it.
    The changes between levels can be stress-inducing. For me it was the start of the high school years here. I felt if I made the "wrong" decision about their high school curriculum, I'd be keeping them from ever going to college or being gainfully employed. Now, at the other end of things, I realize one would have to REALLY, REALLY drop the ball to screw things up.

    As long as your daughters are still learning, regardless of the curriculum, they will do just fine. Remember that you can always ask for advice here.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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